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Canton’s Chelsea Mitchell signs letter of intent to run at William and Mary

Chelsea Mitchell, sitting, signed a letter of intent to compete at William and Mary on Friday. (Photo courtesy Kim Church)

Canton High senior Chelsea Mitchell, who won the State Open and New England championship in the 100 meters last spring, has signed a letter of intent to attend William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she will participate on the track and field program.

Mitchell is a three-sport athlete at Canton and has earned All-State honors in indoor track and outdoor track. In the fall, she plays girls soccer and she will leave Canton as the all-time leader in goals (41).

Last June, Mitchell became the first Canton athlete to be named Athlete of the Year by the Hartford Courant for the 2018-19.

She earned All-State honors in indoor track last winter by winning the long jump as the Class S championship meet and at the State Open – the first Canton girl to win a State Open indoor track title. She was also third in the 55 meters at the State Open and was eighth at the New England championships – the best-ever finish for Canton girl at the New Englands.

Mitchell had an exceptional spring season. Mitchell won the Class S title in the long jump and was second in the 100 and 200 meters. At the State Open, Mitchell won the 100 meters and was second in the long jump. She followed that up with a New England championship in the 100 meters.

She competed at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships in North Carolina and finished second in the emerging elite division in the long jump with a school record leap of 19-3¼.

Mitchell was named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s (CHSCA) girls track athlete of the year and was also named the Courant’s girls track athlete of the year.

As a freshman and sophomore, Mitchell earned All-State honors in outdoor track by winning the 100 and 200 meters at the Class S meet and running on winning 4×100 relay teams both years.


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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